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school are affecting the rate and volume of healthcare graduates, myself included. A solution I present here is simple in theory and complex in detail. Apply new parameters to how we insure individuals for healthcare. Make preventable diseases/disorders/behaviors more costly than routine healthcare and congenital diseases. Why should the government and our taxes have to pay for Type 2 diabetes counseling and insulin maintance on a middle-aged obese woman? Why should the government and our taxes pay surgical costs for the 22-year-old man who drove home drunk and crashed into a pole? Having health coverage be directly affected by the individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifestyle choices will force people to be more cognizant of their actions. This empowers individuals to make healthier choices for themselves, and the punishment for noncompliance will come straight out of our wallets. Good health will be more than just a recommendation, it will be a survival tool. Although a long and involved process, the ultimate outcome would be healthier individuals, decrease in disease, and lower healthcare costs. I realize most issues are not black and white, and many loopholes in this system are inevitable. Obviously much more would need to go into the structure of this system than I am able to consider on my own, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a design thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth looking into. Eventually this would encourage accountability for each and every individual for the good of the country as a whole.

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GREG Snyder is hauling brush to the side of a trail heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just helped clear at Wilder Ranch State Park. The new Twin Oaks single-track cuts across the slope of a hill before disappearing into a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean. Not bad for a job that promises â&#x20AC;&#x153;hard work, low pay, miserable conditions and more.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the motto of the California Conservation Corps, a state program modeled on the New Dealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Civilian Conservation Corps, which cleared trails and campgrounds and built some of the National Park Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most iconic lodges during the Depression. Snyder is a member of an elite unit of the CCC called Backcountry


Trails. Typically, Backcountry Trails crews are made up of Corps members who have demonstrated extraordinary work ethic and ability. This group is a little different, thoughâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in addition members of the CCC, it includes veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan like Snyder. Originally from Bowling Green, Ohio, Snyder joined the army when he was 17. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was stationed at Fort Hood. First of the 58thâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I was an air traffic controller,â&#x20AC;? he says, catching his breath on a break from trail work. He served in the military for four years, a term that included service in Iraq, before returning to Bowling Green to earn his bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree. For the next five months Snyder

will cross the state restoring trails as part of the 15-member crew (nine veterans, six civilians) from New York, California and all points between. The crew is piloting a partnership between the CCC and the Veterans Green Jobs Corps that aims to get more vets into sustainable jobs. A little farther down, Myra Guzman is digging a drainage ditch to divert water off the trail and prevent erosion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it makes us a more efficient crew, the fact that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all familiar with discipline, structure, time management,â&#x20AC;? she says. Guzman spent two years stationed in Guam during her service with the Navy, where she was a firefighter and welder. The Navy, Guzman says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;was like thisâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;hard work but very rewarding.â&#x20AC;? While at Wilder the crew is creating new trails to replace old, eroded ones that date back to when the park was still a farm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of the time when roads were originally built on farming land or logging land, they were built from point A to point B, regardless of drainage,â&#x20AC;? says Chris Pereira, Santa Cruz District State Park Maintenance

Supervisor and Backcountry Trails alum. The new trail the crew is building is designed to have less impact on the land. Before joining the CCC, Raquel Carrillo graduated from UCSC with degrees in Sociology and Latin American Studies. She plans to use her time working on the trails to figure out her next move. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good way of networking too,â&#x20AC;? Carrillo says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking to Chris [Pereira] about what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing, what other opportunities there are with this park and other State Parks.â&#x20AC;? The Backcountry Trails program is known as a feeder to competitive forestry jobs at state and national parks. While in the program, crewmembers are paid a monthly stipend of $1,387 (before taxes and deductions for food) and receive a $2,675 Education Award from AmeriCorps. Even though it seems like a win-win for everyone involvedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;veterans and recent college grads get temporary jobs and lasting skills, and the parks get labor at a reduced costâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; crew and four others almost didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen at all this year. Cuts to the California budget meant there was almost not enough money to fund the necessary supervisor positions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The CCC typically has been cut every single year,â&#x20AC;? says Paul Hancock, the crewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supervisor, whose position was only funded after an appeal to Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown created the program during his first term as governor in 1979. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They take hard cuts, and it really amazes me because it is a program that actually creates its own revenue. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dip in to the state budget.â&#x20AC;? The Santa Cruz District has sponsored the crewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first month while the members restored trails at Big Basin and Wilder Ranch. On Friday, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll pack up camp at Rancho del Oso and move to their next â&#x20AC;&#x153;hitchâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;a two-month stint in Shasta-Trinity National Forest, followed by another two months at Sequoia National Forest.

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Two skunks, one job offer and countless mosquitoes on the trail from Silicon Valley to the sea STORY AND PHOTOS BY TESSA STUART




WEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE hoofing it through a shady oak grove when suddenlyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I see it as if in slow motionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; my friend whips around, his face stricken like heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just tripped the wire on an IED. â&#x20AC;&#x153;RUN!â&#x20AC;? he yells, but I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, because he has already practically lifted me off my feet and is pushing me back up the trail like a linebacker driving a tackling dummy across the field. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re 50 feet away before I hear him say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw it raise its tail!â&#x20AC;? Mystery solved. Matt has just seen a skunk. This is not the first time Matt and I have

kept an eye out for each other in the wild. We met working on our high schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newspaper, but we might never have really known each other if we hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been placed on the same 10-person crew and sent into the Big Sur backcountry for 11 days during the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;wilderness expedition.â&#x20AC;? During a long stretch of day three on that first trip, I learned there is a basketball court inside the top of Disneylandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Matterhorn, that the Monorail has the highest accident rate of

any ride and that this gruff football player, always in a Navy sweatshirt, had an inordinate amount of knowledge about the home of Mickey, Goofy and the gang. If you want to get to know someone, and I mean really know someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from his or her habits and values down to the inane trivia stored away in the mindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recesses and how that person smells after a week without showeringâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an extended backcountry hiking trip is an excellent way to ¨ ! do that.

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nvdi!pg!uif!ijlf-!uif!nbq!boe!uif!usbjm!tjhot!dpogmjdufe!po!njmfbhf/ Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as true for places as it is for people. You might think, for instance, that because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve driven on Highway 17 or 9 or 35 that you know the Santa Cruz Mountains, but behind a buffer of trees that line the road, the landscape splits open to reveal so many surprisesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;peaks and valleys and snakes and waterfalls, vast sandstone faces and fallen redwood giants and abandoned artifacts and, yes, skunks. Since that first trip together, Matt (now a third-year student at Santa Clara Law School) and I have done several othersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;another 11 days in the Ventana Wilderness, a few weekends in the Sierrasâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so when my editor asked if I would hike from Silicon Valley over the Santa Cruz Mountains and down to the sea, I knew just the man to call.

Your Boss Called This trip had started, as so many others do, with the ritual provisioning. On the way from the San Jose bus station to the grocery store, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d told Matt I was going with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;minimalistâ&#x20AC;? philosophy for this trip. He snorted, probably because he knows me well enough to take this as a disclaimer that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d already realized at least three essentials Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d forgotten. His philosophy, he said, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;comfortâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;meaning heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be hauling a bunch of extra luxury-item weight. (Our conflicting ideologies only

come to a head once, in Safeway. Me: â&#x20AC;&#x153;These tortellini will double in size!â&#x20AC;? Matt: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get two just in case. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll carry them.â&#x20AC;?) There are three ways to link up with the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail in Silicon Valley: from Palo Alto, via the Los Trancos Open Space Preserve; from Cupertino, via Upper Stevens Creek County Park; and from Saratoga, via Sanborn-Skyline County Park. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve chosen the last because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible to arrange for overnight parking here. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a steep 2.2-mile climb out of the valley toward Skyline Boulevard (a.k.a. Highway 35), during which San Jose and the surrounding suburbs, visible between branches, slowly recede in the distance under a thin veil of haze. We reach Highway 35 and skirt along just below it for a mile and half before crossing at Castle Rock. I know weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve arrived because we see the climbers, looking like hobos as they trundle up the highway with crash pads strapped to their backs. Mattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phone beeps near the gate; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out of service, but he has a missed call from a partner at the law firm where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recently interviewed. We find a pay phone and Matt, always prepared, feeds it quarter after quarter, chatting casually as if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got an endless supply of them. After a few minutes he hangs up the receiver and bum rushes me with the good news: Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just been offered his first job. ¨ #

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Officially, the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail starts at Saratoga Gap, just above the northernmost tip of Castle Rock, where Highways 35 and 9 meet. The trail is 30 miles long, connecting Castle Rock and Big Basin parks and ending at Waddell Beach on Highway One. Unfortunately, it hedges along highways (9, then 236) for a third of the way, which means that once we reach it, Castle Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spectacular sweeping vistas and sandstone spires are replaced by sounds and scenes a little more familiar.

Matt has made sure we have extra of everything: a water purifier and iodine tablets, one pot for boiling water and one for cooking food, a spice kit. I, meanwhile, have forgotten a dish and utensil to eat with. There is a particular strangeness to happening upon a suggestion of civilization where it should not be. Shortly before our arrival at Waterman Gap, our camp for the night, we turn a corner to see a skyblue station wagon that, at some point in the last 40 or so years, took a nosedive off the highway.


The car has been stripped of all distinguishing features. Any insignia hinting at the make or model has been pried off, the cushions have been ripped out and replaced by a nest of branches and the steering wheel is broken in half. A little farther up the trail, bottles and jugs filled with brown liquid, along with filing cabinets and rusted-out cans of Bud, dot the hillside. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m inclined to imagine these as hastily disposed evidence of a moonshine operation; Matt thinks theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re containers of urine. At the campsite I look over at Matt unpacking and see that he has made sure we have extra of everything: a water purifier and iodine tablets, a pot for boiling water and a pot for cooking food, a spice kit. Just in case. I, meanwhile, realize while unpacking that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve forgotten a dish and utensil to eat with. The tortellini does double in size, and luckily, since the second bag turned out to be way past its expiration date. After dinner Matt sits comfortably in his camp chair reading a torts textbook. I post up on a log and make a list of the wildlife weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen that day. Skunks (2) Snakes (4; 3 Garters, 1 Rubber Boa) Deer (2) Mouse (1; deceased)

And Miles to Go The novelty of seeing pieces of civilization in the middle of the wilderness wears off early on the second day. It is three miles of asphalt and forest coated in highway soot. The terrain is not challenging, but it is trying, maybe because there is something inherently depressing about walking along a highway, being passed by motorist after motorist. Matt is not in a good mood, either; seeing two Caltrans crews standing around their trucks shooting the breeze gets him thinking about wasted tax dollars, which in turn sends him into a fit of grumpiness (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get back to work!â&#x20AC;? he mutters under his breath). For a stretch, the highway and trail weave along the outskirts of a small enclave of homes. We walk through one womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ¨ %

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maintain it. Mapmakers absolve themselves of any responsibility with a fine-print note that reads: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This map is not mean to be a substitute for official maps provided by park agencies. When hiking, have current maps available and check with rangers on duty for current trail conditions.â&#x20AC;? Helpful.) In any case, we have no choice, so we start off. The trail cuts down and back up through gullies and ridges, one after the other after the other. At the start, we scoff at the warning, figuring the â&#x20AC;&#x153;strenuousâ&#x20AC;? was meant to deter the less serious types (unlike ourselves), and now we are being punished for our hubris by this series of demanding elevation gains and losses that are strenuous indeed. We spend the next three hours chasing the sun. A fold of mountain will begin to get progressively darker, then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll summit a ridge and buy ourselves another 30 minutes of light ¨ '

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Proximity to Highway Map-Sign Mileage Disparities Mosquitoes No Water The next day Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll add â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boars?â&#x20AC;? to the list. In the middle of the night we wake up to ferocious snorting and rustling a few feet from our tent; when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s light out we discover the Ziploc bags weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d stashed our dirty dishes in are punctured by teeth marks, 10 feet from where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d left them. A park ranger we later spoke to reckoned that we actually had raccoons, which he said can grow up to the size of small dogs out here. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget your bear canister!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; You gotta put that in your article too,â&#x20AC;? Matt says as we start the descent out of camp on day three.

Advice for Beginners Coming upon it from behind, Golden Cascade, the first of three waterfalls on the trail that connects Sunset Camp with the final stretch of


the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail, does not look like much. It appears to be barely more than a trickle and a murky shade almost the color of bile. By this time we should know better, though, than to have any expectations. In a single twist of trail, suddenly spreading out before us is the kind of breathtakingly, heart-stoppingly, jawdroppingly beautiful landscape that it is easy to forget exists outside of adventure films and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books. Water, imbued with a pearly white effect by the tannins leached from fallen redwoods, shimmers down the fallsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; three-tiered yellow clay face. The sides of the falls, and the walls of the whole canyon, are thickly carpeted in moss and clover; ferns sprout out of every tiny crag. The path down along the falls is steep and slippery. It edges so close to the taller, thinner Silver Falls that you can feel the spray as water slips past. We climb down through old-growth redwood forest to the final waterfall, Berry Creek Falls. It is the most arresting of allâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;70 freefalling feet of Santa Cruz Mountain springwater. A couple of hours later when we exit at the trailhead across from a windy Waddell Beach, crowded as usual with windsurfers, we pass a sign that reads â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunset Camp 6.7 milesâ&#x20AC;? (so much for the 3.5 miles advised by our perennially optimistic map) and a trio of clean backpackers dropping off a pick-up car before they drive up to Saratoga Gap to start the Skyline-to-the-Sea. Do we have any advice, they ask? Yeahâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;make sure to get updated maps from the park service, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget mosquito repellent or a bear canister, stay on your guard for skunks, and since youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re expecting all these things, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect any of them.

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before our trail falls into shade once more. When we finally reach Sunset Trail Camp, the sun has just slipped beneath the horizon for the last time that day, and the chalky, madroneshaded floor of the campground is still warm. As mid-week campers tonight, like last night, we have the whole place to ourselves, if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t count the swarms of mosquitoes. We set up camp, cook and devour a pot of chili while in turn being devoured by the little buggers, all before we realize that there is no water at the campsite. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Put that in your article,â&#x20AC;? Matt says for the fourth time that day, in the same tone one would use tell another to put that in their pipe and smoke it, or to put it where the sun donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shine. Map miles didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t add up? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Put that in your article!â&#x20AC;? Ruthless mosquitoes? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You should put that in your article, too.â&#x20AC;? As if the powers that beâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the state park district, Caltrans, Mother Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;would read it and adjust their behavior accordingly. The second night, hiding from mosquitoes in the tent, I take out my notebook and write: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Skyline-tothe-Sea trail: A List of Grievances.â&#x20AC;?


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HEREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S how I know summer has really begun: meat on a stick. When kabobs start making regular appearances on my weekends, I know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got myself a festival season. From now until Labor Day, almost every single weekend offers a chance to mill about with other locals appreciating something or other: music, cars, men with muskets. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good time to be alive and wearing one of those little bracelets for wine.

HVciV8gjo7ajZh;Zhi^kVaBVn'-"'. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual tribute to the mighty musical form that is the blues includes Experience Hendrix on Saturday, with a dozen blues and rock musicians performing the music of Jimi Hendrix, and Boz Scaggs, Tower of Power and Tommy Castro on Sunday. Aptos Village Park (park at Cabrillo College). $65 day/$120 two days.

(%i]6ccjVa8^k^aLVg7ViiaZh :cXVbebZciBVn'-"(% The blue and the gray skirmish in redwood-ringed meadows in one of the longest-running Civil War reenactments in the West. Roaring Camp, Felton. $5.

7dccn9ddc6giL^cZ;Zhi^kVa?jcZ) The ninth annual Bonny Doon Art & Wine Festival will have unlimited wine tasting (yep, we said â&#x20AC;&#x153;unlimitedâ&#x20AC;?), fine art by local and

NUNN ACCOUNTED FOR â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Breathtakingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; chanteuse Terri Nunn plays the Boardwalk with Berlin on Aug. 12. international artists, demos, raffles, live jazz and a live and silent auction. Bonny Doon Airport. $40. 

GZYlddYBdjciV^c;V^gZ?jcZ)"* After a long hiatus, the San Lorenzo Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original summer music fest returned last year with a bang. This year it expands to two days with a stellar lineup that includes Peter Rowan, Lacy J. Dalton, Moonalice, SambaDa, the Coffis Brothers, Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holdinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and many more bands with Santa Cruz connections. Roaring Camp, Felton. $18 adv/$20 gate.

8Ve^idaVGdYVcY8jhidb8aVhh^X8Vg H]dl?jcZ&&"&' Bitchen jalopies in the Village. Capitolaby-the-Sea. Free.

HVciV8gjo7ZVX]7dVgYlVa`8dcXZgih ?jcZ&,"HZei' Every Friday night throughout the summer the Boardwalk presents perennial favorites like Jefferson Starship, Loverboy and Berlin. Beach Boardwalk stage. For schedule check these pages or visit www. Free.



Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the 25th anniversary of the Japanese Culture Fair this year. Festivities include raffle drawings, martial arts demos, tea ceremonies and many other workshops. Santa Cruz Mission Plaza. Free.

More than 200 wooden-bodied cars on display on the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. Free.

?jcZiZZci]?jcZ&- Crafts, music and speakers celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation, which came forth on June 19, 1865. Louden Nelson Center, Santa Cruz. Free.

AdX]AdbdcY=^\]aVcY<VbZhHXdii^h] GZcV^hhVcXZ;Zhi^kVa?jcZ&-"&. Go where they toss the caber and down the haggis (and raise pints and dance jigs), all while wearing kilts and capes and such: That would be the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Watsonville. $13/day or $24/two days.

7^`ZhdcI]Z7Vn?jcZ'+ Vintage motorcycle show with hundreds of pre-1985 American, British, European and Japanese motorcycles and scooters. Capitola Mall. Free.

;djgi]d[?janViGdVg^c\8Vbe?jan'") Hula-hoop contests, games, barbecue and Great Train Robberies on the Roaring Camp Steam Trains. Roaring Camp, Felton.

;Zhi^kVaYZCdeVa?jan') Food, live music, folkloric dancing and arts & crafts, all in celebration of the cactus. Church Street, downtown Santa Cruz. Free.



The 26th annual Monterey Bay Blues festival takes place at Monterey County Fairgrounds on three stages with a lineup that includes Mavis Staples, Bobby Rush, and Ruthie Foster. For schedule visit Tickets from $25/day to $85/all three.

A bigger deal there could not be in our fair cityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;15,000 runners compete in the 6-mile run from the Santa Cruz Wharf to the pier in Capitola, with a festive atmosphere lining the route. Free for spectators. 3

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LVihdck^aaZHigVlWZggn;Zhi^kVa6j\+", Located in historic downtown Watsonville, this fest offers live bands, great foods and fun, plus a new reason to consider going into competitive eating: strawberry pie-eating contests. Main Street Plaza, Watsonville. Free.

8VWg^aadBjh^X!;ddY!6giVcYL^cZ ;Zhi^kVa6j\+", Live music, food and dance performances on the Church Street Stage while the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music goes on inside the Civic. Church Street, downtown Santa Cruz. Free.

LdgaY9^hX<da[8]Vbe^dch]^eh6j\."&( The finest folfers fight for first. At UCSC, DeLaveaga and Pinto Lake disc golf courses. Free.

HXdiihKVaaZn6giL^cZ;Zhi^kVa6j\ &("&) Great food, live entertainment, wine and beer tasting. More than 100 artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work will be displayed. Skypark, Scotts Valley. Free.

HjbbZg<Vi]Zg^c\d[BdjciV^cBZc 6j\&("&) Mountain men practice manly skills and rough it out in preâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Gore-Tex style in honor of Isaac Graham, who settled the area in the 1830s. Roaring Camp, Felton.

Bjh^XVaHVl;Zhi^kVa6j\&("&) Saw players from all over the world come to this annual event. Live events, contests, and an acoustic jam near the bronze statue of saw-playing legend Tom Scribner in downtown Santa Cruz. Most events at Roaring Camp, Felton. Free.

6ad]VDjig^\\ZgGVXZhEdancZh^Vc ;Zhi^kVa6j\'& The festival of island culture hits the wharf. Hula dancing, slack key guitar, outrigger races, Hawaiian laulau and poi. Santa Cruz Wharf. Free.

8Ve^idaV7Z\dc^V;Zhi^kVaHZei'"* This festival is packed with events: live dance performances by local artists, sand sculpture contests, float viewing, chalk on the seawall, fishing derby and concerts in the park all weekend. Stockton Avenue, Capitola. Free.

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8VWg^aadHiV\Z gets into the swing of things this summer with The Full Monty (June 24â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 17), the hilarious story of six out-of-work steelworkers who decide to bare it all for some quick cash. The musical The Last Five Years (July 8â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 14) follows a five-year marriage between a writer and an actress, from first date to breakup, juxtaposing early hopes with late disappointments. The Tony Awardâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;winning musical Hairspray (July 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug.14) dives into 1962 Baltimore, where teenaged Tracy Turnblad goes from misfit to celebrity overnight. www. I]Z?ZlZaI]ZVigZ presents Samuel Beckettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s black comedy Krappâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Tape (June 2-5), about a lonely man, played by the talented Paul Whitworth, watching the years of his life pass from a darkened room. Each year on his birthday he makes a tape recording, but not before listening to a tape from the past. Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own James Durbin started at @^Yhdc7gdVYlVn, which presents its Summer Academy Got Rhythm for children ages 8-15. The program, directed by April Burns, runs June 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;July 18 and culminates with an exhibition of the rhythms in music, dance and spoken word. www. The BdjciV^c8dbbjc^inI]ZViZg presents The Dreamer Examines His Pillow (June 9â&#x20AC;&#x201C;19), directed by Julie Willhite at the Market Street Theater and ends the

summer with its Dinner Fundraiser and play of Duets of Broadway VI, directed by Greg Ferrar (Sept. 17). www.mctshows. org. The HVciV8gjo?Zl^h]I]ZVigZ presents I Ought to Be in Pictures (July 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;31), a comedy by Broadwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infamous playwright, Neil Simon. A down-and-out writer/actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estranged 19-year-old daughter shows up on his doorstep harboring dreams of the stage which he finds all too familiar. www. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, H]V`ZheZVgZHVciV8gjo puts a fresh spin on an audience favorite from 1988 and 1993, The Comedy of Errors (July 19â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 28), the slapstick lyrical comedy about two sets of twins separated at birth. Presented in the beautiful outdoor Glen will be The Three Musketeers (July 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aug. 28), an adventure-filled romance adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. The first installment of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making of a Kingâ&#x20AC;? trilogy begins Aug. 2 and runs through Aug. 28 with Henry IV, Part One, which tells the story of a prodigal prince who fritters away his time in taverns while his father fights to save the British throne. The trilogy will continue in 2012 and 2013. Last on the books for the summer season is Double Bind (Aug. 16â&#x20AC;&#x201C;23), based on Menaechmi by the Roman playwright Plautus and presented by Shakespeare Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talented interns. www.

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IS TANGO toxic? Take a chance at Primo Congo (May 28) when 8VYZcoV ODs on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;pessimistic, fatalisticâ&#x20AC;Ś deeply dramaticâ&#x20AC;Śparticularly dark vision of life and deathâ&#x20AC;? (as critic Juan Arturo Brennan describes the musical soul of Argentina). Alchemist and conductor Maya Barsacq cooks up Astor Piazzollaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, featuring violinist Cynthia Baehr plus Mesut Ozgen in a guitar concerto by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, along with other works, whetting an appetite for this summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music festivals. (www. On June 4, the HVciV8gjo Hnbe]dcn teams up once again with the L]^iZ6aWjb:chZbWaZ at Santa Cruz Civic. www.santacruzsymphony. org. Then CZlBjh^XLdg`h throws its annual 6kVci<VgYZcEVgin all afternoon on June 5 in Soquel, featuring the gypsy rumba and salsa band Kaweh. The 8VgbZa7VX];Zhi^kVa (July 16â&#x20AC;&#x201C;30) welcomes new music director Paul Goodwin and concertmaster Peter Hanson for two full weeks of baroque, classical and newer music at Sunset Center, Carmel Mission and other venues. Pianist Stephen Prutsman and the Festival Strings play Bach and jazz by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane and Joe Zawinal, as well as Turkish music. Beethoven and Haydn share top billing with the Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s namesake. To celebrate Marin Alsopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20th anniversary at the helm of the 8VWg^aad

;Zhi^kVad[8dciZbedgVgnBjh^X, a record 15 composers will take up residence in Santa Cruz from July 31 through Aug. 13 and at San Juan Bautista Aug. 14. Seven world premieres, by Mark Adamo, John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Avner Dorman, Zosha Di Castri, Chiayu and Philip Glass, specifically honor Alsop; the festival also features nine West Coast and two U.S. premieres. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet makes his Festival debut in James MacMillanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Concerto No. 3 Mysteries of Light and in Behzadran Ranjbaranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Concerto for Piano. Principal horn Kristin Jurkscheit will introduce Chiayuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Xuan Zang (horn concerto) with the composer present. Speaking of Philip Glass, his newthis-year 9VnhVcYC^\]ih;Zhi^kVa runs July 19â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Aug. 4 at Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel Valley Village (with a couple of events at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur). From the keyboard Glass will lead his 10-member ensemble in programs of music and dance. www. The Kronos Quartet makes a return appearance at the BdciZgZn?Voo ;Zhi^kVa, Sept. 16â&#x20AC;&#x201C;18 at the Monterey Fairgrounds. Other major actsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;among 500 performersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;include Ahmad Jamal, Roy Hargrove, Harry Connick Jr., Chick Corea, Les McCann, Marcus Roberts, Billy Childs, Dianne Reeves and the Septeto Nacional de Cuba.

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Stage 2/<13 Cabrillo College Annual Spring Dance Concert Featuring dance by twenty student choreographers and over 100 performers. Fri, May 27, 7:30pm, Sat, May 28, 7:30pm and Sun, May 29, 3pm. $7-$12. Cabrillo College Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, 831.479.6331.

B63/B3@ BUG A cocktail waitressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; slow descent into insanity under the influence of an AWOL vet. Winner of 2004 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. Fri-Sat, 8pm. $20. Paper Wing Theater, 320 Hoffman Ave, Monterey, 831.905.5684.

Chautauqua Festival of Student Theater The annual festival of student theater takes over the Second Stage for two weeks. Thu-Sun, 7pm. Thru May 29. Free. UCSC Second Stage, Performing Arts Complex, Santa Cruz, 831.459.2787.

Eurydice Pulitzer Prize nominee and MacArthur genius award winner Sarah Ruhlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modern take on the Greek myth â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Orpheus.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wed-Sun Thru Jun 19. $7-$35. Circle Theatre, Casanova St, Carmel-by-theSea, 831.622.0100.

A Number A father and son grapple with the revelation that the son was cloned as a child. Wed-Sat, 7:30pm and Sun, 2pm. Thru Jun 12. $16-$35. Circle Theatre, Casanova St, Carmel-by-the-Sea, 831.622.0100.

Orestes Terrorist A modern retelling of the tragic Greek myth of Orestes, son of Agamemnon and Klytemnestra, and his sister Elektra. Thu-Sat, 7pm and Sun, 2pm. Thru May 29. $12-$15. UCSC Mainstage Theater, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, 831.459.2159.

Kabuki Cabaret A hybrid of drama, modern dance, performance art, spoken word and jazz from three-time National Endowment for the Arts fellow and UCSC Alumni Brenda Wong Aoki. Thu, May 26, 7pm. Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, 831.427.2227.

1=<13@BA Flowers & Music of the World Five groups playing folk and ethnic styles from around the world will highlight the Arboretumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exotic collection of global plants and eco-niches, with guided

tours of each area. Sun, May 29, 1-5pm. $20-$40. UCSC Arboretum, Horticulture Building, Santa Cruz, 831.457.9693.

Mirabai Ceiba, Sacred Chant Concert A performance by the duo of guitartist/singer Markus Sieber and singer/harpist/keyboardist Angelika Baumbach. Fri, May 27, 7:30pm. $18-$35. Unity Temple of Santa Cruz, 407 Broadway, Santa Cruz, 831.427.5100.

Passion Santa Cruz Chamber Orchestra performs guitar concertos by CastelnuovoTedesco and Mangore, plus pieces for the oboe and violin by Piazzolla. Sat, May 28, 8pm. $15-$25. First Congregational Church of Santa Cruz, 900 High St, Santa Cruz, 1.800.838.3006.

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wine and Beatles music performed acoustically. Sat, May 28, 7pm. $25. Hidden Valley Music Center, Carmel Valley Rd and Ford Rd, Carmel Valley, 831.659.4264.

Art ;CA3C;A 1=<B7<C7<5 Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Big Creek Pottery: Social History of a Visual Idea, 1967-1983. An exhibit featuring more than 70 vessels made at or brought to the Big Creek workshops by visiting master potters and the founders, plus a photo collection documenting the school at its beginnings along with workshop experiences and writings by workshop leaders and students at Big Creek. Thru Jul 17. $2-$5. Museum hours Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm; closed Mon. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History The Art of Nature: Works from the Northern California Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. The museum welcomes back the Northern California chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). The exhibit will include over 60 works depicting the flora and fauna of Northern California, from moon snails to mountain lions, roses to red tides. Thru Jun 4. 831.429.1964. Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm. 1305 E. Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz.

5/::3@73A =>3<7<5 Santa Cruz Art League Earth Portraits: Contemporary Landscape Painters of California. Santa Cruz Art League presents the 81st Annual Statewide Exhibit juried by Scott A. Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum. Curated by Ed Penniman. Artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception June 4, 2-4pm. May 28-Jun 26. Wed-Sat, noon-5pm, Sun noon-4pm. 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, 831.426.5787.

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¡9/0C971/0/@3B¸ UCSC alumna Brenda Wong Aokiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special blend of Japanese culture, jazz and performance art has earned her not only the love of audience members around the world but also the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship a remarkable three times. Aokiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest creation, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kabuki Cabaret,â&#x20AC;? explores the Shinto belief in the spirit worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impact on the living. All proceeds benefit the Izo Project to help Japanese schoolchildren still in shelters after the recent disasters. Thursday, May 26, 7pm, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $20 adv/$23 door, available at Logos or online. www. of UCSCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most promising young artists working in painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, video and digital media. Reception Wed, May 25, 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7pm. May 25-Jun 11. Free, 831.459.5667. UCSC, Porter College, Santa Cruz.

Alexander Lowry: Documentary Photographs of Santa Cruz County. UCSC & MAH present a virtual retrospective of photographer Alexander Lowryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gelatin silver prints at May 28-Jul 17. Free. Museum hours Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm; closed Mon. 705 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.429.1964.

Native Expressions. Native American & Southwestern themed masks, photography, serigraphy & shields. Thru Jun 7. 255 Mt. Hermon Rd, Scotts Valley.

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Pajaro Valley Arts Council Multiples: Variations on a Theme. Featuring multiple small works on a theme by PV gallery members. Artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception Sunday, May 15. Thru Jun 12. 37 Sudden St, Watsonville, 831.722.3062.

Santa Cruz County Bank Celebrate Santa Cruz County. Over 100 images celebrating our rich local heritage and a special tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Boardwalkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Looff Carousel. Thru Jul 1. Free. 720 Front St, Santa Cruz, 831.457.5000.

Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios Calaveras De Los Heroes. The prints of Enrique Lopez. Thru May 31. Free. 118 Coral St, Santa Cruz, 831.425.7277.

Events 07523/:A 25th Anniversary of the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum The shrine to Surfing turns 25, with a surf cake, surf music, a display of surfboards and classic

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1/0@7::=A>@7<52/<131=<13@B Twenty student choreographers and 100 performers strut their hip-hop, modern and balletic stuff. Show also features works by Cabrillo faculty members Sharon Took-Zozaya, Cid Pearlman and others. Friday and Saturday, May 27-28, 7:30pm; Sunday, May 29 at 3pm at Cabrillo Crocker Theater, 6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos. Tickets $12 general $10 students at 831.479.6331 or 1 ' woodies. Fri, May 27, 11am. Lighthouse Point, West Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz.

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Geoffrey Dunn The author of The Lies of Sarah Palin will read and sign copies of his book. Wed, May 25, 7:30pm. Free. Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.423.0900.

Tracy Seely The author of My Ruby

Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas will read and sign copies of her memoir. Thu, May 26, 7:30pm. Free. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.462.4415.

World Affairs Book Club This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selection is Cambodiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land by Joel Brinkley. Thu, May 26, 7pm. Free. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.462.4415.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Write Your Futureâ&#x20AC;? Workshop with Marcia Heinegg A writing workshop with prompts and exercises to help with a life or career transition. Wed, 10:30am-12pm. Thru May 25. $10. Capitola Book Cafe, 1475 41st Ave, Capitola, 831.462.4415 .



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Docent Barry Grimm will lead a 4-mile hike exploring redwood forest, sandhill chaparral, oakconifer woodland and riverside forestâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the four departments of Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Super Store. Sat, May 28, 10am. Free. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Hwy 9, Felton, 831.335.7077 .

In the Land of Enchantment: Cassini Explores the Saturn System Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco will present findings from the Cassini spacecraft now in orbit around Saturn. Wed, May 25, 7pm. Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel, Santa Cruz, 831.423.8209.

Discover a new tool entitled Physicians Order for Life Sustaining Treatment and what you need to know about it. Thu, May 26, 10:30am12pm. Live Oak Senior Center, 1777-A Capitola Rd, Live Oak, 831.471.9143.

Hemlock Discussion Group Discuss end-of-life options for serenity and dignity. Meets in Aptos the last Wed afternoon of every month except Dec; call for more info. 831.251.2240.

Red Cross Mobile Blood Drives Drives occur at several locations countywide each

SC Diversity Center The Diversity Center provides services, support and socializing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning individuals and their allies. Diversity Center, 1117 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, 831.425.5422.

Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce Members Luncheon A â&#x20AC;&#x153;State of the City Addressâ&#x20AC;? and Q&A with Mayor Dene Bustichi. Wed, May 25, 11:30am-1:30pm. Scotts Valley Hilton, 6001 La Madrona Dr, Scotts Valley.

Support and Recovery Groups Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Assn., 831.464.9982. Cancer: Katz Cancer Resource Center, 831.351.7770; WomenCARE, 831.457.2273. Candida: 831.471.0737. Chronic Pain: American Chronic Pain Association, 831.423.1385. Grief and Loss: Hospice, 831.430.3000. Lupus: Jeanette Miller, 831.566.0962. Men Overcoming Abusive Behavior: 831.464.3855. SMART Recovery: 831.462.5470. Trans Latina women: Mariposas, 831.425.5422. Trichotillomania: 831.457.1004. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bipolar/Depression Peer Support: 831.345.7190. 12-Step Programs: 831.454. HELP (4357).

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0:==;B7;3<=B3A NOT ALL flavors work as successfully together as music and flowers. Anyone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had that pleasure at the UCâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Santa Cruz Arboretum possesses one of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unforgettable memories. That gives the afternoon of May 29 a particular allure when the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival blooms amid the perfuming blossoms just now adorning plants from all over the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flowers and Music of the Worldâ&#x20AC;? will further gild those lilies with a variety of gourmet foods and beverages served by local vendors, while SC Baroque itself ventures into exotic corners of the wider world of music. Guided tours of the amazing flora will further intoxicate. Proceeds benefit both SC Baroque and the Arboretum. (Scott MacClelland)

Touched By Adoption Group Adoptive families, adult adoptees, families waiting to adopt and birth parents meet monthly to connect in a safe, confidential setting. Last Sat of every month, 10am-12pm. Free. Adoptive Families, Adult Adoptees, Families Waiting to Adopt and Birth Parents meet monthly to connect in a safe, confidential setting. Sat, May 28, 10am. Free. Live Oak Family Resource Center, 1438 Capitola Rd, Santa Cruz, 831.295.8076.

Yoga Instruction Pacific Cultural Center: 35+ classes per week, 831.462.8893. SC Yoga: 45 classes per week, 831.227.2156. TriYoga: numerous weekly classes, 831.464.8100. Also: Yoga Within at Aptos Station, 831.687.0818; Om Room School of Yoga, 831.429.9355; Pacific Climbing Gym, 831.454.9254; Aptos Yoga Center, 831.688.1019; Twin Lotus Center, 831.239.3900.

Zen, Vipassana, Basic: Intro to Meditation Zen: SC Zen Center, Wed, 5:45pm, 831.457.0206. Vipassana: Vipassana SC, Wed 6:30-8pm, 831.425.3431. Basic: Land of the Medicine Buddha, Wed, 5:30-6:30pm, 831.462.8383. Zen: Ocean Gate Zendo, first Tue each month 6:307pm. All are free.

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Come Fly With Me The third annual fashion show and dinner extravaganza benefiting Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition. Sat, May 28, 5:30pm. Seascape Resort, One Seascape Dr, Aptos.

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Yeasayer Psych-rock Brooklyn outďŹ t whose â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Odd Bloodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; continues to dazzle. May 25-26 at the Fillmore.

Tony Bennett Master interpreter of song, still in ďŹ ne voice at the age of 84. May 28 at Davies Symphony Hall.

Sleigh Bells In-the-red power duo blows rafters and minds with openers Neon Indian. May 30-31 at the Independent.

Lykke Li Swedish singer of intrigue riding giant wave for her latest, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wounded Rhymes.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; May 30 at the Regency Ballroom.

Buffalo Springfield Neil Young takes his early band out for a nostalgic, high-ticket evening. Jun 1-2 at the Fox Theater. More San Francisco events by subscribing to the email letter at More San Francisco events at

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The youngest of 11 children, Elizabeth Cook was born into a musical family with a daddy who served time for running moonshine. She started performing with her parents at age 4, and by 9 she had her own band. Now in her 30s, Cook has put herself on the country map as a strong and talented woman who can sing, play and write songs to boot. A one-time Grand Ole Opry hopeful, she is now a veteran of that hallowed stage, and though she has to sidestep some of her more memorable lyrics to play there (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes it takes balls to be a womanâ&#x20AC;?), Cook and the legendary institution both know a little something about country roots, and they get along just fine. Don Quixoteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; $15; 7:30pm. (Cat Johnson)

The dapper gents (and lady) in San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blammos specialize in wellcrafted slices of â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s rock, pop and soul. Featuring members of the retro-kitsch rockabilly outfit the Phenomenauts, the Blammos adopt a far more refined approach, with throwback pop that is timelessly stylish. A few decades ago a band like this might have been pegged as mod revivalists, but nowadays the approach reflects having good taste and the songwriting chops necessary to pull off classic pop songcraft. The band isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t merely a recreation of the sounds of a bygone era, though, and benefits from a winking sense of humor and sly sensibility that is very much of our time. Crepe Place; $8; 9pm. (Paul M. Davis)

The adventurous metal of Santa Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cylinder is hewn from pure American steel. Guitarist Nick Boyd declares the band to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;straight up, no bullshit hard rock,â&#x20AC;? which is the most apt description of Cylinderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound. Cylinder has the tightness of a welloiled machine, which earned it the title of winner of 2008â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Your Music Olympicks. Given their commitment and well-wrought sound, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only a matter of time before these local boys get their breakthrough and become mainstays on hard rock radio. Don Quixoteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s; $8 adv/$10 door; 8:30pm. (PMD)


:G27/:=D3:3AA Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Lydia Lovelessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; music is a melding of classic country style and punk rock content, permeated with the inescapable twinges of young-American pop culture. Citing as her influences Loretta Lynn, Hank I and III, Richard Hell and even Britney Spears, Loveless, who is barely into her 20s, has a voice that can reach the back wall of any hall and a bottom-of-the-bottle outlook that would have made Tammy Wynette proud. With songs crafted around driving rhythms, plenty of guitar, tight banjo picking and high and lonesome fiddle pulls, Lovelessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; raw talent betrays her age and leaves one marveling at the trajectory of this unique rising star. Crepe Place; $8; 9pm. (CJ)

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whose renditions of AC-DC classics are uncannily close to the originals. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been yearning for five ferocious women to shake you all night long, then this is the show for you. The Catalyst; $12 adv/$16 door; 9pm. (PMD)

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After his appearance at Aptos Village Park, Tommy Castro headlines the festival afterparty at Moeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Castro earned the moniker â&#x20AC;&#x153;the most dangerous man in Bluesâ&#x20AC;? when he did something unheard of at the 2010 Blues Music Awardsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he swept the ceremonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prestigious categories, taking home four â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Handys,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; including Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year. An unprecedented event, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to say it was a surprise. Castro positively wails, a master practitioner of that particular alchemy that turns the blues into gold. Moeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Alley; $20 adv/$25 door; 8pm. (TS)

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the burning question: Are the Smurfs live-bearing or egg-laying creatures? The little blue buggers are essential to 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s load of familiar franchise builders, sequels and comic-book adaptations. Luckily, there is one masterpiece this summer. Terrence Malickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s I]ZIgZZd[A^[Z (mid-June) is already causing some nice scrapping on the Internet since its long-awaited debut at Cannes. This profoundly spiritual yet remarkably pagan film is about a person of today (Sean Penn, imprisoned in steel and glass) drawn back into his childhood in hopes of rescuing his brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirit. The tension in the film comes from the opposition between the parents. The father is rigid with strictness and seething disappointment. The mother (Jessica Chastain) has the kind of limpid gentleness you rarely see outside of a silent movie. These two parents pull the children between them, gently but with tidal force. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a war indicated not through loud argument but through looks and signs and quiet capitulation. This impressionist director remembers the terrible respect those raging fathers of the last

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Magneto/professor Xavier conflict carried out at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Bring it on. =Vggn

EdiiZgVcYi]Z9ZVi]an=daadlh/EVgi ' (July 15) wraps up the series, which was percolating before some of its youngest fans were born. And one always wants to see what Pixar does, even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the follow-up to the studioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s least-interesting movie by far: 8Vgh' (June 24). G^hZd[i]ZEaVcZid[i]Z6eZh(Aug. 5) explains how super-intelligent apes from San Francisco prepare to take over the world: bio-tech monkeyshines. As for =Zh]Zg (May 27): You loved the â&#x20AC;&#x153;healing ethnicâ&#x20AC;?; observe now the â&#x20AC;&#x153;healing wastrel.â&#x20AC;? Joseph Gordon-Levitt, one of the best actors around, is the weasel of the title who helps himself to a familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garage. Oddly, he also helps his newly widowed host (Rainn Wilson) regain the sweetness of life. The Spielberg/J.J. Abrams sci-fi film HjeZg- (June 10) is under wraps, but it seems to involve a fiery train wreckâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and whatever it was that was on board the train that gets

looseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;captured Zapruder-style by a trio of Ohio kids of 1979 with a Super 8 camera. I was happier before I saw what â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cloverâ&#x20AC;? from Cloverfield looked like, so I can wait for more details. Ryan Reynolds stars as the Emerald Warrior of the D.C. Comics in <gZZc AVciZgc (June 17). Better than arguing over whether Smurfs are oviparous or not is whether the Lantern was indeed the most potentially powerful of all of the Justice League of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the one who could wish anything he wanted into form. In the World War II of 8VeiV^c 6bZg^XV/I]Z;^ghi6kZc\Zg (July 22), an undersized weakling is mutated to become a super-soldier: his mission to find the ultra-Nazi the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving, in a seriously impressive mask). Director Joe Johnston is an underrated member of the Lucas/Spielberg axis, whose Rocketeer, Jurassic Park III and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids have held up nicely, and the looseness and wit of the recent Marvels, in addition to the brio of the previews, make this one look promising.

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Distress Signals On film four, the good ship â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Piratesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is lost at sea BY RICHARD VON BUSACK


THE RATHER beautiful posters for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides show Captain Jack Sparrow firing his flintlocks in both directions. That says it all. He is completely aimless here. He is the emblem of a franchise where everything gets lost in the shuffle. Escaping the gallows in London, Sparrow is shanghaied by the pirate and voodoo master Blackbeard (Ian McShane), who seeks the Fountain of Youth. A prophecy has it that Blackbeard will die soon if he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to its waters. Blackbeardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ship is a floating ruin, with torn sails the color of dried blood. Aboard it, Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) aims to get the stolen Black Pearl back. But he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want his ship that badly; we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel the desire. Sparrow also doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem as beguilingly drunk as he once did. (I think someone has been tampering with Sparrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character; someone high up in Disney has been writing notes.) I would love to hear what the filmmakersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;particularly director Rob Marshall, temporarily off the musical beatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;think the purpose of Sparrow is in these movies. Sparrow flits through them, armed with the magic compass that leads to his heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire. In this scattered, hurried and yet static tale, even the wonderful Fountain itself doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lure him much; it turns out to be a drippy thing in a stone donut, like someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zen garden. The film has a pleasurable opening half-hour, however, beginning with a

GOOD CONVERRRRSATION PenĂŠlope Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Angelica looks on while Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Blackbeard (Ian McShane) exchange views. Henry Fielding touch. Jack Sparrow is in the courtroom, filled with rank and muddy specimens of the London mob. He escapes over the top of a traffic jam of coaches (the computer generating and sets of 1700s London go off nicely and deeply, in the most successful 3-D in the film). A famous elderly actress gets a cameo during this escape; sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a welcome sight, but she turns out to be part of the weird miasma of misogyny that permeates On Stranger Tides like a fog. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disappointed not to be ravished by a pirateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a joke one hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expected to see again in our lifetimes. Finally, when Jack is scooped up and taken to a palace, the true star of these movies materializes. As befits a man who came back from the dead, Geoffrey Rushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barbossa is looking much crustier. He has a huge wooden leg and his cheeks are scarified with brandy. Barbossa has come up in the world since the last film; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now a privateer licensed by King George. His majesty is played by the great Richard Griffiths, richly obese and simpering as his many royal titles are read aloud.

What develops, then, is a three-way race to the fountain. Barbossa captains a navy ship, and Blackbeard is on his way with Sparrow and Angelica (PenĂŠlope Cruz). Angelica bears the name of an actress who would have made a wonderful lady pirate, and the cutlass scar on her cheek just makes her prettier. You might expect to see her leading the way somewhere or spitting fire at something. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let the posters fool you. Cruzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Angelica isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an Anne Bonney or a Mary Read. Rather, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blackbeardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dutiful daughter, with daddy issues. She has a past with Jack, but not much of a present. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to pretend not to be interested in each other. The disinterest seems real. A poor captured mermaid, Syrena (Astrid Berges-Frisbey), is lugged through the jungle in a glass aquarium. Ministering to her is the religious young Philip (Sam Claflin), a religious captive of Blackbeardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll suspect Walden Media had a hand in this film when you see the number of debates that come up regarding the saving of

Blackbeardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soul. The evil pirate taunts the holy man as if he were Satan. McShane is in fine voice, of course, but he has nothing tastily evil to say, except these lines that here, like everywhere in the script, sound like bad Internet fan fiction. With regularly scheduled monotony, Philip does the Christian sacrificial thing, turning the other cheek, wielding his Bible as he pleads for better treatment for the mermaid. It seems like a Pirates of the Caribbean film should avoid being like The Chronicles of Narnia. The moral of the story (if you want eternal life, hint, hint) opens like a trap door under the viewers.


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Film Capsules <3E BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK (NR; 84 min.) The bicycleriding octogenarian whose photographs of the street fashion of New York are one of the New York Timesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; best known features is a very private man, which makes a documentary about him all the more delicious. (Opens Fri at the Nickelodeon) CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (NR; 90 min.) Director and film artist Werner Herzog (Invincible, Grizzly Man) returns to the screen with an awe-inspiring 3-D

documentary. In 1994 a cave in Southern France was discovered to contain some of the oldest known art forms in the history of mankind. Because of the delicate nature of the cave, only Herzog was allowed to film it, delivering to his audience a breathtaking portrait of who we were, where we are now, and what the future may hold for the human race. (Opens Fri at the Nickelodeon)

CHRISTINE (1983) Stephen Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story about a nerd who becomes obsessed with restoring a red 1958 Plymouth Fury that seems to have an


unnatural hold over him was a creepy new take on the femme fatale theme. (Thu at Santa Cruz 9)

JURASSIC PARK (1993) Director Steven Spielberg and writer Michael Crichton team up in this classic film about what happens when a power outage occurs at the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first dinosaur cloning theme park. Relive the heart-pounding escape of the raptors, Jeff Goldblumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nerdturned-hero rise and a time when watching computergenerated images on the big screen was a rarity. (Fri-Sat midnight at the Del Mar)

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THE HANGOVER 2 (R; 102 min.) After the Las Vegas debauchery, the boys (Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha) head to Thailand to see Stu (Ed Helms) get hitched, but plans for a quiet brunch go awry. With Mike Tyson and Paul Giamatti. (Opens Wed midnight at Santa Cruz 9, Green Valley and Thu at 41st Ave, Scotts Valley) HESHER (R; 106 min.) While mourning the loss of his mother, TJ (Devin Brochu) befriends an older, foulmouthed, chain-smoking metalhead named Hesher

(Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Hesher begins squatting in TJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garage and helps the kid and his family pull out of their sadness to experience the healthy chaos of life in this coming-of-age story. (Opens Fri at the Nickelodeon)

HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (R; 86 min.) In a town where the line between the drugdealing pimp and the law doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even exist, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to a single hobo (Rutger Hauer) to riddle the face of crime one buckshot shell at a time. This gloriously campy throwback to the 1970s exploitation films originally began as a

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KUNG FU PANDA 2 (PG; 90 min.) Smart-ass dialog and the voices of Jack Black, Seth Rogan, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman and a multitude more spice up the story of the chubby panda Po, who takes on old enemies with a new weapon. (Opens Wed midnight at Santa Cruz 9, Thu at 41st Ave, Scotts Valley, Green Valley) SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS (1961) Elia Kazanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tale of a good middle-class girl (Natalie Wood) in love with the town rich boy (Warren Beatty) in 1920s Kansas laid bare class differences and ignited both starsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; careers. (Sat-Sun at Aptos)

@3D73EA 13 ASSASSINS (R; 141 min.) In 1880s Japan, samurai who have been used to rank as a decoration requiring no duties must train themselves in war when the shogunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, a sadist who rapes and mutilates at will, prepares to ascend the throne. Director Takashi Miike spares no gore; he caps the film with a battle of some 45 minutes thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more of a brutal slam dance than a Kurosawa ballet. THE BEAVER (PG-13, 91 min.) Walter Black (Mel Gibson) is the president and heir to a successful toy company. On the brink of suicide, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rescued by a beaver hand puppet. Back in the game, he brandishes a card explaining that this â&#x20AC;&#x153;prescription puppetâ&#x20AC;? helps him with a medical condition. His younger son is delighted. His older son Porter (Anton Yelchin) was already overwhelmed with contempt for his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weakness. The neutral party is Walterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife Meredith (Jodie Foster, who directed); initially delighted by her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recovery, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unwilling to live in a menage with a beaver. Gibsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at home with this kind of manicdepressive acting and Foster is faultless: she sidesteps the trap of being the bitch in the story who wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t learn to love the fluffy puppet. Tony Gardner designed the little creature with human eyes, complete with whites, and an oversized maw. The puppet is not cute and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

not scary. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as neutral as a psychiatristâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grunt. The Beaver insists, and wraps with, the idea that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s families that â&#x20AC;&#x153;you could put on a holiday cardâ&#x20AC;?; we know better: like talking beavers, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really no such animal. (RvB)

BRIDESMAIDS (R; 125 min.) Annie (Kristen Wiig) is a Milwaukee woman going downhill. Her ex-boyfriend (Jon Hamm) uses her for sex. Suddenly, Annieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best pal, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), announces her impending marriage. Lillian also introduces a new, gorgeous friend (Rose Byrne) who elbows Annie aside and takes charge of the wedding. The wedding planning becomes more pretentious, more expensive and ever more humiliating for Annie. Wiig is at her most comically nonchalant as the desperation seeps out of her pores. In her capacity to register degrees of comedic suffering, this actress suggests what happens when like when a movie is really loose down deep in its soul, and is not just wobbly and formulaic. But Judd Apatow was the executive producer, and Bridesmaids is shaped like an Apatow film: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a half-hour too long. Though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s released as a chick-flick alternative, we still get the traditional pointless fight between Annie and her new man (Chris Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dowd). (RvB) THE CONSPIRATOR (PG-13; 123 min.) Robert Redfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Conspirator is one of those pieces of history that Howard Zinn liked to unearth. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shameful episode and it deserves to be remembered. After Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth (Toby Kebbell), accused accessories are rounded up. Caught in the dragnet is one female prisoner: the landlady Mrs. Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), whose son had been in cahoots with Booth. She refuses to inform. The trial of the conspirators was a military tribunal, on the grounds that Lincoln was a military commander himself. But is this movie really about 1865? Throughout, we can feel Redford whispering in our ear: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This suspension of rightsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;remarkable how it anticipates Gitmo. And the hooding of prisoners is like Abu Ghraib. Did you notice

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fake trailer but will leave audiences cheering on the vigilante vagrant. (Opens Fri at the Nickelodeon).

the parallels?â&#x20AC;? (RvB)

EVERYTHING MUST GO (R; 96 min.) When an alcoholic salesman (Will Ferrell) gets canned from his job and dumped by his wife falling off the wagon yet again, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forced to sell everything and start from scratch with the help of an awkward neighborhood kid (Christopher Jordan Wallace) and an interesting new neighbor (Rebecca Hall). With Laura Dern. Based on a short story by Raymond Carver. FAST FIVE (PG-13; 130 min.) In the fifth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise, Brian (Paul Walker) springs Dom (Vin Diesel) from prison and the crew lights out for South America. Upon arrival, they find themselves caught between a brutal drug dealer and an unrelenting federal agent. THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD (PG-13, 90 minutes) Satirical documentary financed by brands, advertising and product placement seeks to unmask the process of branding, advertising and product placement in the media. Viewers follow director Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) as he convinces sponsors to let him push their brands as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;greatestâ&#x20AC;? while he maintains creative control over the project. I AM (Unrated; 76 min.) Director Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, etc.) tells of how a bad fall from a bicycle left him with postconcussion syndrome. When he recovered, he decided to make a film about the essential problems of the world. Shadyac put a microphone in front of some renowned people: Rumi scholar Coleman Barks, Desmond Tutu and populist radio host Thom Hartmann, among them. Shadyac is sincere, but this is a twirl through the kind of Northern California cryptophysics that proves loving attitudes in our hearts can magnetically effect change. Maybe so, but a lot more gets accomplished by justly angry people. (RvB) MEEKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CUTOFF (PG; 104 min.) Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy) gets more ambitious with a pocketsize anti-Western based on a real-life crossing of Oregon in the 1840s. It is



a pioneer Wages of Fear, and at times your blood runs cold watching it. The wives (Michelle Williams, Shirley Henderson and Zoe Kazan) are guarded in expression; they watch the horizon as the water runs out. The husbands (Paul Dano, Will Patton and Neal Huff) stay the course, dividing up the water and ignoring the endless screek of the wagonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s axles. And the guide, Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood), may either be leading them to the Columbia River or their doom. If Reichardt had taken it in a slightly more commercial veinâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;i.e., gave it a proper endingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I might have an easier time recommending the film, but it deserves credit as a movie about the West that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite been done before. (RvB)

NUREMBERG: ITS LESSON FOR TODAY (NR; 86 min.) Restored version of the official postwar U.S. government film on how prosecutors built their case against the Nazis. It circulated throughout Europe in the late 1940s but was never released stateside due to political concerns. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (PG-13; 137 min.) See review, page 41. PRIEST (PG-13; 87 min.) In a post-apocalyptic world, the church rules over downtrodden humans, among whom dwells a

Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) from the old Vampire Wars. When vampires abduct his niece, he breaks his vow in order to rescue her with the help of a Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q).

PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER (NR; 139 min.) In 16thcentury France, amid the brutal Catholic-Protestant wars, a young noblewoman (Melanie Thierry) falls in love with a bad boy (Gaspard Ulliel), complicating her imminent betrothal to a prince (GrĂŠgoire LeprinceRinguet). QUEEN TO PLAY (NR; 97 min.) After discovering an interest in chess, middle-aged HĂŠlène (Sandrine Bonnaire) seeks wisdom from expat American Kroger (Kevin Kline), whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whiling away his time in lovely Corsica. RIO (PG; 96 min.) Blu, a modest macaw from Minnesota, sets off on a madcap adventure tailing the bird of his dreams to Brazil in this 3-D animated film from Pixar. SOMETHING BORROWED (PG-13; 103 minutes) Romantic comedy takes a complicated turn when, at her 30th birthday party, a successful lawyer and perpetualâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and unhappily still singleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;good girl (Ginnifer Goodwin) has one too many drinks and winds up with her crush from law school, who happens to be her best friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fiancĂŠ.

SOURCE CODE (PG-13; 93 min.) A commuter train bound for Chicago has a bomb on it. Because of one of those new time/spacewarping devices the U.S. military keeps around, they can beam an officer named Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) back to try to find the bomber. Stevensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; control is Coleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga). Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a mere presence on a video screen. The timetraveling officer takes his orders from her, bunkered in a remote undisclosed location, wired up like a test monkey. The stage is set handsomely, then, and the twisting begins: Groundhog Day meets La JetĂŠe, with a nice little garnish of The Manchurian Candidate. During his cycles into the past, Colter becomes fixated on a girl on the train (Michelle Monaghan). She becomes a human stake in what will happen if the train evaporates into a fireballâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; as it does more than once. When finding an escape route out of a seemingly inescapable situation, the movie doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cheat. (RvB) THOR (PG-13; 114 min.) Cast to earth in rural New Mexico, the son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) must redeem himselfâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even as his disposed brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) schemes to keep him in exile forever. The part of Thor is a star-making performance for Chris Hemsworthâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an Australian

actor who remembers the old ways of movie heroism. Director Kenneth Branagh finds the perfect tone of nobility without too much loft. The movie has its Shakespearean side; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as full of grand, ringing voices as it is of fight scenes and fireworks. Natalie Portman is endearing as the scientist befuddled by the arrival of a god. She looks pleasingly discomfited to be close to someone who is betterlooking than she is. The witty script (co-written by former Metro staffer Zack Stentz) reflects 1950s films about the perplexity of scientists in the bomb-haunted New Mexican desert meeting a creature from another world. (RvB)

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (PG-13; 122 min.) A veterinary student (Robert Pattinson) suffers a minor breakdown following the death of his parents and joins a traveling circus, where he cares for the animals and falls in love with the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s star (Reese Witherspoon). WIN WIN (R; 106 min.) Paul Giamatti plays Mike Flaherty, a down-on-his-luck attorney moonlighting as a high school wrestling coach who discovers an exceptionally gifted athlete. Suddenly it looks like all of his personal and professional losing streaks are at their endâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; that is, until the kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mom is released from lockup and free to ruin everything.

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Dinerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide THURSDAY MAY 26TH, 2011

Our selective list of area restaurants includes those that have been favorably reviewed in print by Santa Cruz Weekly food critics and others that have been sampled but not reviewed in print. All visits by our writers are made anonymously, and all expenses are paid by Metro Santa Cruz. AG;0=:A;/23A7;>:3(+C\RS`+#+$ + O\Rc^

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Clouds Martini Bar in Downtown Santa Cruz No Cover AERIAL7 Give aways


Absolute Wild Tea Vodka

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207 Searidge Rd, 831.685.0610

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7500 Old Dominion Ct, 831.688.8987

Indian. Authentic Indian dishes and specialties served in a comfortable dining room. Lunch buffet daily 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner daily 5pm to close. American and specialty dishes from the British and Emerald Isles. Full bar. Children welcome. Happy hour Mon-Fri 2-6pm. Open daily 11am to 2am. Italian. Ambience reminiscent of a small trattoria in the streets of Italy, serving handmade lasagna, pasta dishes, gnocchi and fresh fish. Wed-Sun, Lunch 11am-2pm, Dinner 5-9pm. Continental California cuisine. Breakfast all week 6:30-11am, lunch all week 11am-2pm; dinner Fri-Sat 5-10pm, Sun-Thu 5-9pm.

H/;33<;327B3@@/<3/< Middle Eastern/Mediterranean. Fresh, fast, flavorful. Gourmet

7528 Soquel Dr, 831.688.4465

meat and vegetarian kebabs, gyros, falafel, healthy salads and Mediterranean flatbread pizzas. Beer and wine. Dine in or take out. Tue-Sun 11am-8pm.

1/>7B=:/ $ Capitola 



104 Stockton Ave, 831.479.8888

All day breakfast. Burgers, gyros, sandwiches and 45 flavors of Marianneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Polar Bear ice cream. Open 8am daily.

>/@/27A3ACA67 Japanese. This pretty and welcoming sushi bar serves 200 Monterey Ave, 831.464.3328 superfresh fish in unusual but well-executed sushi combinations. Wed-Mon 11:30am-9pm.



1750 Wharf Rd, 831.475.1511

California Continental. Swordfish and other seafood specials. Dinner Mon-Thu 5:30-9:30pm; Fri 5-10pm; Sat 4-10:30pm; Sun 4-9pm.

AB=19B=<0@72535@7::3 Mediterranean tapas. Innovative menu, full-service bar,


231 Esplanade, 831.464.1933

international wine list and outdoor dining with terrific views in the heart of Capitola Village. Open daily.

$$$ Capitola


203 Esplanade, 831.475.4900

California cuisine. Nightly specials include prime rib and lobster. Daily 7am-2am.

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1116 Pacific Ave, 831. 426.7588

$ Santa Cruz

1141 Soquel Ave, 831. 426.5664



$$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz


110 Church St, 831.429.2000

1134 Soquel Ave, 831.429.6994


Santa Cruz

2218 East Cliff Dr, 831.476.4560

$$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz


303 Soquel Ave, 831.426.7770

1102 Pacific Ave, 837.420.0135


Santa Cruz

221 Cathcart St, 831.426.4852


Santa Cruz

418 Front St, 831.325-3633

Mexican/Seafood/American. Traditional Mexican favorites. Best fajitas, chicken mole, coconut prawns, blackened prime rib! Fresh seafood. Over 50 premium tequilas, daily happy hour w/ half-price appetizers. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. California organic meets Southeast Asian street food. Organic noodle & rice bowls, vegan menu, fish & meat options, Vietnamese style sandwiches, eat-in or to-go. Consistent winner â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Cheap Eats.â&#x20AC;? Open daily 11am-11pm American, California-style. With a great bar scene, casually glamorous setting and attentive waitstaff. Full bar. Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm, Sun 1-10pm. Crepes and more. Featuring the spinach crepe and Tunisian donut. Full bar. Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri 11am-1am, Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-midnight. Seafood. Fresh seafood, shellfish, Midwestern aged beef, pasta specialties, abundant salad bar. Kids menu and nightly entertainment. Harbor and Bay views. Lunch and dinner daily. Americana. Ribs, steaks and burgers are definitely the stars. Full bar. Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner Sun-Thu 5:30-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-10pm. California/full-service bakery. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Eggs Benedict in Town.â&#x20AC;? Happy Hour Mon-Fri 5-6pm. Halfprice appetizers; wines by the glass. Daily 8am-9pm. â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s Vegas meets â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s Waikiki. Amazing dining experience in kitchy yet swanky tropical setting. Fresh fish, great steaks, vegetarian. Full-service tiki bar. Happy-hour tiki drinks. Aloha Fri, Sat lunch 11:30am-5pm. Dinner nightly 5pm-close. Eclectic Pan Asian dishes. Vegetarian, seafood, lamb and chicken with a wok emphasis since 1972. Cafe, catering, culinary

classes, food festivals, beer and wine. Open for lunch and dinner daily except Sunday 11:30-9pm. Special events most Sundays.

$$ Santa Cruz


516 Front St, 831.421.0706 8=6<<G¸A6/@0=@A723

493 Lake Ave, 831.479.3430

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Seafood/California. Fresh catch made your way! Plus many other wonderful menu items. Great view. Full bar. Happy hour Mon-Fri. Brunch Sat-Sun 10am-2pm. Open daily. Italian. La Posta serves Italian food made in the old styleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; simple and delicious. Wed-Thu 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-9:30pm and Sun 5-8pm.

Fine Mexican cuisine. Opening daily at noon. 49-B Municipal Wharf, 831.458.9393 1319 Pacific Ave, 831.420.1700


Santa Cruz

555 Soquel Ave, 831.458.2321

$$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz

Japanese Fusion. Sushi bar, sake bar, vegetarian, seafood, steak in fun atmosphere; kids play area; karaoke every night. Open seven days 5-10pm; Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm.

1220 Pacific Ave, 831.426.9930 A=74

105 Walnut Ave, 831.423.2020

$$ Santa Cruz


$$ Santa Cruz


2415 Mission St, 831.423.9010

710 Front St, 831.427.4444

Thai. Individually prepared with the freshest ingredients, plus ambrosia bubble teas, shakes. Mon-Thu 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri 11:30am-10pm, Sat noon-10pm, Sun noon-9:30pm.


6205 Hwy 9, 831.335.1500

Irish pub and restaurant. Informal pub fare with reliable execution. Lunch and dinner all day, open Mon-Fri 11:30ammidnight, Sat-Sun 11:30am-1:30am. Wine bar with menu. Flawless plates of great character and flavor; sexy menu listings and wines to match. Dinner Mon-Thu 510pm, Fri-Sat 5-11pm, Sun 4-10pm; retail shop Mon 5pm-close, Tue-Sat noon-close, Sun 4pm-close. Pizza. Specializing in authentic Sicilian and square pizza. Homemade pasta, fresh sandwiches, soups, salads and more. Hot slices always ready. Sun-Thu 10am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm. Pizza. Pizza, fresh salads, sandwiches, wings, desserts, beers on tap. Patio dining, sports on HDTV and free WiFi. Large groups and catering. Open and delivering Fri-Sat 11am-2am, Mon-Thu 11am-1am, Sun 11am-midnight.

Organic Pizza. Everything organic: pizza, lasagna, soup, salad, beer and local wine. Always organic, local produce. Party room seats 32. Weeknights 4-9pm (closed Tue), Fri 4-10pm, Sat 1-10pm, Sun 1-9pm. See menu at

A1=BBAD/::3G $ 63/D3<:G1/43 American. Serving breakfast and lunch daily. Large parties Scotts Valley 1210 Mt. Hermon Rd, 831.335.7311 welcome. Mon-Fri 6:30am-2:15pm, Sat-Sun 7am-2:45pm. $ 87/B3::/¸A Scotts Valley 5600 #D Scotts Valley Dr, 831.438.5005

Cambodian. Fresh kebabs, seafood dishes, soups and noodle bowls with a unique Southeast Asian flair. Beer and wine available. Patio dining. Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm.

A=?C3: $$ Soquel


4724 Soquel Dr, 831.477.1048


Italian-American. Mouthwatering, generous portions, friendly service and the best patio in town. Full bar. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am, dinner nightly at 5pm.

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Mexican. Open for breakfast. We use no lard in our menu and make your food fresh daily. We are famous for our authentic ingredients such as traditional mole from Oaxaca. Lots of vegetarian options. Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, weekends 8am-9pm.

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